Don’t stress about your Christmas shopping this year, this is the perfect gift giving guide if your girlfriend is a wannabe fashionista who loves beauty products and loves to cook! Let me know how it goes!!
SUBSCRIPTIONS AS GIFTS
I absolutely love subscriptions! It’s like getting a free gift in the mail every single month
Birchbox – $10 a month
Birchbox is the OG giftbox. It’s a sampler box that arrives every month filled with about five beauty different products. I’ve been subscribing for about a year and I’ve gone on to buy full sized versions of many products I love. It’s awesome because you get a sampling of expensive skincare products that you can try out for a month. Included are lip balms, dry shampoos, pore minimizers, sunscreens, all kinds of stuff. Get her a six month subscription!
Ipsy – $10 a month
Ipsy is more of a makeup focused giftbox, created by a collection of Youtube beauty stars. Also included in every month’s subscription is a brand new makeup bag.
Shoedazzle – $40 a month
A few of my favorite Shoedazzle shoes that I own
Shoedazzle is the perfect gift for every shoe obsessed fashionista in your life. A VIP membership is just $40 a month (most shoes are priced at about $40) and shoes are approx 50% off with the first purchase. There are also very frequent sales heavily discounted sales. The shoes are very on trend and very high quality, worth more than $40. Another perk is that Gwen Stefani designs a great line just for Shoedazzle
Selfie Stick – $14.99
For the most self obsessed selfie queen in your life. No more straining to take photos of herself!
The Complete Gillian Flynn Collection: Gone Girl, Dark Places,
Sharp Objects – $25.80
You’ve taken your girl to see the movie Gone Girl by David Fincher right? It was my favorite movie of the year, dark and clever. I read Flynn’s Gone Girl book in one sitting, it was SO addictive and I did the same with her other two earlier novels. All her books are dark but imaginative and different, reading them in a row they didnt get the slightest bit stale. Can’t wait for her to come out with a new novel!
Cookbooks – $20-ish
If your girl loves to cook, she will love any of these beautifully photographed cookbooks for her library. I have a massive collection of cookbooks and I can never have enough
Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes – $20.47
Dominique Ansel is the mastermind behind the Cronut craze that spawned 8 hour lines at his bakery in New York. He has many other innovative desserts, they call him the “Willa Wonka of NYC”
Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi – $21
– The third cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi is famous for his masterful vegetable creations and his previous two cookbooks have been bestsellers. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians
The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food-$23.40
A cookbook from the famous San Francisco restaurant of classic Vietnamese recipes with a modern twist by chef Charles Phan
Momofuku – $27.19
The Momofuku cookbook is older than the others but to me its a classic. I’ve cooked many of the recipes in the book, using his Roasted Onions recipe in everything from burgers to Hawaiian potato salad to his recipe for Ssam
Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck – $14.61
– From the blog by the same name, huge controversy was created when the anonymous writers of the blog revealed that they were actually white. Arguments around the topic of racial politics and appropriation ensued. Controversy or not, the recipes are fun and manly — get it for your girl so that she’ll make these recipes for you!
GIFTS FOR THE KAWAII GIRL
Run Devil Run Tshirt – $22.99
For the KPOP lover in your life who is also a bit BAD-ASS
Buffmonster Print – $59.50
For the artsy Kawaii girl in your life, pick her up a print from one of my favorite street artists, I regret not picking up his exclusive print for the Hello Kitty exhibition at The Japanese American Museum — now you can’t purchase it anywhere at all.
I love me some Agent Provocateur but it is scarily overpriced. Fragile Pony is an awesome, handmade substitute and much more affordable. This is really a gift for you, disguised as a gift for your girl! I love to dress up to spice things up and most girls do also!
Cake Frame Bra – $45
Gyaru Chained Play Set – $75
Urban Decay Naked- $54
I received the Naked 2 set in different shades of brown several years ago. I only apply eyeshadow when going out, so this palette will probably last me for another five years! I don’t need any other eyeshadows at all, this set covers every brown shade that I need
Forever 21 Faux Fur Jackets – $27-$54
Faux fur jackets are huge this winter. These Forever 21 jackets are so affordable that you could pick up all three for her!
Striped Faux Fur Jacket – $27.93 (on- sale!)
Paneled Faux Fur Jacket – $45.43 (on sale!)
Luxe Faux Fur Jacket $54.80
For Love and Lemons Dresses
For Love and Lemons is one of my favorite brands at the moment, starting out as a lingerie line and now expanding into lingerie inspired dresses that stop traffic. They cost more than a girl might want to spend on herself so they are a perfect splurge for a Christmas gift
Cheater Tip – you can find similar dresses at a fraction of the price ($31.69!!!!! at SheInside – you just gotta do a little digging
Antigua Maxi Dress – $288 and Antigua Mini Dress – $228
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer – $299.99
The Renassaince Man got me this last year and I absolutely love it! It comes in a whole rainbow array of colors also – obviously the best color is hot pink!
Creme de la mer – $169.99
Some call this a miracle cream, $169 gets you about 1 oz, but used sparingly it lasted me a whole year – gives the skin a youthful radiance and glow
Kitten – $100
If I didn’t already have Kitty and Mr. Cat (Renaissance Man’s cat) I would absolutely love to get a little baby kitten for Christmas! Cats are the best pets ever, super affectionate, very loyal, and so so low maintenance. Bonus points for saving a kitten from extermination at the pound! Here’s a baby photo of my Kitty
HEY BIG SPENDER!
Tropical Vacation – $2000
Groupon has these amazing vacation deals. $2000 sounds like a lot, but this is for a five day – luxury hotel stay for two people, roundtrip airfare. The Hard Rock Riviera Maya. Gratuities are also included and you receive a $1800 resort credit towards massages, tours and dinners. My band Nylon Pink played at the Hard Rock in Penang Malaysia and it was a dream vacation staying there. If Thailand is not your top choice, there is a huge selection of destinations to choose from
Louis Vuitton x Christian Louboutin Shopping Tote
$5,150 at Louis Vuitton Boutiques
Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin collaboration – need I say more?
2015 Lexus NX – $39,000 at the Lexus Dealership
I absolutely love Lexus’ new crossover NX, a smaller, sportier version of the RX. I am totally loyal to the Lexus brand, I drove my last RX to the ground, over 180K miles and it probably would’ve lasted me another ten years. Poor little car, it held up over the countless dings and car crashes that I subjected it to (I am the stereotypical Asian female driver)
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